McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity is one of 11 Habitat affiliates in Kansas that will benefit from a $150,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation. Funds will support technology upgrades, marketing, ReStore expansion, and equipment so volunteers can better serve homeowners with new construction. The generous grant will be shared by 11 Kansas Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

In addition, the grant will support mentoring and training, providing intentional support for smaller, all-volunteer affiliates by some of the larger affiliates. It will pay for seven one-year memberships to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Collaborative that provides additional training, resources and support to build up the capacity of the ReStore. Some funding will also cover some administrative costs.

“KHRC’s grant will have a significant impact on affordable housing opportunities in Kansas,” said Shawna Dennett, KHRC grant administrator and program director at Wichita Habitat for Humanity. “We are so thankful that KHRC recognizes the work we are doing and is willing to provide funds that will allow Kansas Habitat affiliates the opportunity to build and repair more houses, provide financial literacy education to more people, and increase the capacity of affiliates in 13 counties. Affiliates have been meeting together annually to share ideas and resources and this grant will allow us to develop stronger connections with smaller affiliates, providing the support they need to increase their ability to build homes, communities, and hope across Kansas.”

According to Fred Bohnenblust, treasurer of McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity, McPherson was awarded a grant to expand its donor base by offering a matching grant for all new donors to McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity during this fiscal year.

“All of the funds to build our Habitat homes in McPherson come from local individuals, businesses and churches. We are excited to have this incentive to offer to prospective donors. Each dollar they contribute becomes two dollars,” Bohnenblust said. “We are extremely appreciative to the KHRC for their support and encouragement of our mission – which is to build homes for low-income families in McPherson County.”

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is a self-supporting, public corporation serving as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the state of Kansas. Its mission is to increase the availability of affordable, decent and accessible housing for lower-income Kansans. KHRC collaborates with lenders, developers, builders, real estate agents, service providers, homeless advocates, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Please visit http://www.kshousingcorp.org/ to learn more.

McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity is an all-volunteer local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-denominational world-wide Christian movement that builds homes for low income families.